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Understory red pine mushrooms bring gold to farmers in Qapqal, NW China’s Xinjiang

On August 11, 2021, red pine mushrooms emerge in clusters, growing abundantly at the Understory Edible Mushroom Planting Demonstration Base in Kohongqi Township in Qapqal Xibe Autonomous County of Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, NW China’s Xinjiang. Farmers are busy picking, sorting and loading mushrooms into baskets, with their faces full of happiness.

At the beginning of 2020, Qianhong Planting Farmers Professional Cooperative of Qapqal Xibe Autonomous County took its resource advantage to try to plant understory red pine mushroom, and achieved a "double harvest" in terms of output and production value. In 2021, the 300 mu of understory red pine mushrooms is expected to yield 400 tons per mu, which has led local farmers and herdsmen to increase their incomes and get employment closer to their home, explored a new way to get rich by "planting understory gold". (Correspondent: Hua Yanming)